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A story of flying, drug smuggling and murder in the 1920s. Pilot Philip Stenning crashes his aircraft while flying from London to Devon. He is rescued by escaped prisoner Denis Compton, who claims he was sent to prison for embezzlement after being framed by his half-brother, Italian baron Rodrigo Mattani. Owing Compton his life, Stenning agrees to investigate Mattani's illA story of flying, drug smuggling and murder in the 1920s. Pilot Philip Stenning crashes his aircraft while flying from London to Devon. He is rescued by escaped prisoner Denis Compton, who claims he was sent to prison for embezzlement after being framed by his half-brother, Italian baron Rodrigo Mattani. Owing Compton his life, Stenning agrees to investigate Mattani's illegal activities....

Title : Marazan
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ISBN : 9780345020888
Format Type : Mass Market
Number of Pages : 217 Pages
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Marazan Reviews

  • Laurie
    2019-02-02 00:45

    This is Nevil Shute's first novel. For me it was just ok. Still a worthwhile read for Shute fans, but I wouldn't recommend starting here if this is your first of his books.

  • Larry Piper
    2019-01-19 23:37

    Apparently, this is the first book Nevil Shute wrote. In his introduction, he mentions that he had to write it through three times. It seems pretty similar to vintage Shute, which means that it's a GoodRead, well worth one's time. It has many elements one finds in later Shute books, airplanes, small sailing vessels in the English Channel, and romance that progresses as two people slowly develop a friendship while they are working together to address a problem. It's at once calming and deeply engaging.In this book, we have an airplane pilot who is a bit wild outside his flying, but quite competent within the flying. He has a crash because his plane was turned around too quickly, and the engine blew out on him. An escaped convict from Dartmoor saves his life. As a consequence, he becomes involved in saving the convict. It seems that the convict has an Italian half brother who is smuggling drugs into England, and the convict has escaped to try to stop the smuggling. After all, in England one doesn't do such things as smuggle drugs. The escaped con also has a female cousin who isn't all that much of a looker, but who is a competent, independent young woman. So naturally, while the pilot works to save the convict, by helping to bring the half brother to justice, he also falls for the cousin, because, after all, looks become ever so much more enchanting once wit and intelligence have had their chance to beguile the senses. This is really a fun story. Perhaps not my favorite of Shute's works, but I've yet to find a dog among them. Why didn't I discover Nevil Shute earlier?

  • Al
    2019-01-25 20:46

    This early novel by Mr. Shute is not as polished as his mature work, but it is still interesting because it shows the origins of the narrative style which distinguishes his later novels. Shute said he completely rewrote Marazan twice before publishing it, but it still is rough in spots. Character development is uneven, there are too much deus ex machina and coincidence for my taste, and the climax and wrap-up leave loose ends that I believe would not have occurred in later Shute works. All that notwithstanding, it's a good story, albeit one that will probably appeal mostly to dedicated Shute fans. If you're reading Shute for the first time, start with one of his better-known novels.

  • Tony
    2019-01-19 18:43

    This debut novel from Shute draws heavily upon his experience as a pilot and sailor in an attempt to create a heavily lacquer of realism for what is more or less a potboiler of a plot. Set in the mid-1920s, the story revolves around Stenning, a WWI pilot who now works for a commercial airline company, ferrying people and planes around England and Europe. One day he crashes badly in a field while flying solo and is rescued by an escaped convict who happens to be hiding out in nearby woods.Since the guy saved his life, he decides to help him in return, and is soon neck-deep in plans to get the convict out of England on a small boat. Without spoiling the story, this then leads him into even more sinister waters, involving an Italian drug smuggler. To a certain extent, there's a great deal of fun to be had with the idea of the everyman who finds himself in an unusual situation -- very Hitchcockian in that regard. However, the plot leans altogether too heavily on coincidences (for example Stenning has an old Italian flying buddy who just happens to be perfectly placed to help him out.)If you're prepared to overlook the contrivances, it's a decent little page-turner. Even though it was his first published novel, Shute's already got a keen sense of how to incorporate technical details (here about flying and sailing) in a way that's both interesting and not overwhelming. Probably really only likely to be of interest to fans of Shute.

  • Gerald
    2019-01-28 22:30

    Phillip Stenning is flying an assignment for his company in 1920's England, when his aeroplane accidentally crashes in a field, leaving him injured and trapped in the cockpit. He is sure he is going to die after several unsuccessful attempts to free himself. As he is about to give up hope, he is rescued from almost certain death by Denis Compton. Compton turns out to be an escaped prisoner who was sent to prison after being framed by his Italian half-brother. Phillip feels obligated to assist Compton avoid recapture until after he can prove his innocence. Things get really involved from that point forward with Phillip having to deal with issues involving smuggling, murder, and other similar issues.This was Nevil Shute's first novel, published originally in the mid-1920's. It was fairly good but not nearly as well written as the many others of his that I have read. I enjoyed it fairly well but can give it only a luke-warm recommendation.

  • Susan Emmet
    2019-02-07 23:35

    All these years later, I come to Shute's first published work. It's okay, sometimes exciting, a bit heavy on the dagoes and niggers, but of its time in 1926.Philip Stenning is a rather interesting character - kind of unmoored except for the flying community in England and certainly willing to go the long mile for a man who saved Stenning's life.A bit about facism that's interesting and Italian and English politics and drug running and the ways in which countries run national security.I so liked the communication via 1920s means and all the walking necessary to get from here to there.Shute wrote that he knew this was a novice's work, but had the sense to rewrite and then publish.Think I'll reread "On The Beach." I loved that book forty years ago.

  • Algernon
    2019-02-02 00:28

    more like a [7/10] - a decent book, considering it is the official debut of Nevil Shute (apparently his previous 2 efforts were unpublishable. A straightforward plot, a likable young pilot as the lead character, plenty of technical details about flying and siling, and an understated love story - overall a glimpse of the beautiful, clear prose and strong sentiment that will become a signature for one of my favorite authors. An interesting snaphot of England after WWI and Italy of rising fascism.Some slow descriptive chapters, infodumps and a little gauche dialogue place this book a little lower in the list of Nevil Shute favorites.

  • Jim Puskas
    2019-02-18 16:23

    This was Shute's first book to be published, so of course it's not nearly his best work, but still a pretty good read. It's a bit rough around the edges and of course quite old fashioned like all his work. Those who like Shute's stories are prepared to tolerate that aspect. First published in 1926, it reflects the social and political attitudes that prevailed in Britain at the time. His characters are not nearly as fully fleshed out as in his later books. The plot is more melodramatic than in most of Shute's work, dealing with drug smuggling and the sort of violence involved in that horrid trade. There is a degree of mystery as the plot begins to unfold but the ending is quite weak.

  • Scilla
    2019-02-16 17:40

    Philip Stenning crashes his plane in a field. Compton, in prison clothing, comes along and helps him out. They talk awhile, and Stenning offers to help Compton, who asks him to go to his cousin, Joan Stevenson, to get him clothes. Stenning decides to help more by pretending to be Compton and leave red herrings while Compton does what he needs to do. Stenning gradually finds out that Compton is trying to stop his half brother from bringing drugs into England, and Stenning is more than ready to help. He is also falling in love with Joan. There is some very tricky flying and some good action.

  • Sue
    2019-02-08 21:22

    Philip Stenning is a pilot who was forced to crash land his plan after mechanical issues. It was an escaped convict, Denis Compton, who helps him extract himself from the wreckage. In light of that, Stenning believes he owes it to Compton to help him make good on his escape. Only it's never that easy, is it? Re-read in 2015. This is listed as the first novel he published and while I enjoy some of his later stuff more, this is still good. There is sufficient suspense in the process to keep me reading and wondering about the outcome right up to the end.

  • Kenton
    2019-02-02 16:23

    It is east see why this is a first novel. It is written in very matter of fact terms with no twists or turns. The main character comes across as a Cholmondley Warner type (Harry Enfield sketch) and speaks in a language that is very upper class. Tally Ho and jolly hockey sticks and all that. It's worth a read but is nothing more than a 1920's adventure yarn. I'm planning on reading his other novels as I am sure they will get better

  • Alice
    2019-01-30 19:31

    The author's preface suggests that Shute was rather ashamed of this, his first novel. Sure, it's not perfect, but for a first effort it's very good indeed, reminiscent of John Buchan and with the themes and patterns of later books already present in embryo.

  • Linda
    2019-02-20 00:49

    Captain Philip Stenning crashes the plane he is flying and his life is saved by an escaped convict named Compton. In return, Stenning develops an elaborate ruse to help Compton escape from England. This is Shute’s first novel. I’m so glad he went on to bigger and better things, but this was a good start.

  • Aaron Sanders
    2019-02-05 18:24

    The first of the two Nevil Shute paperback novels I picked up of the base library's free table. Fun anglophile escapism in the vein of The Riddle of the Sands the The Thirty-Nine Steps. The perfect sort of book to read on a train.

  • Steve
    2019-02-11 20:31

    Somewhat different from many of his other novels, this is classic British pulp fiction of its time - that's not a criticism!

  • Vikas Datta
    2019-01-28 18:45

    A fascinating and evocative adventure..

  • Ann
    2019-02-14 16:20

    Shute's first published novel, and for that reason, well-worth reading. The first glimpses of his talent are here, and though awkward in places, the novel still spins a fine tale.

  • TraceyWilde
    2019-02-09 23:39

    Cracking good story

  • Liska Crofts
    2019-01-31 20:24

    Didn't live up to the Chequerboard, but making allowances for a first book so not off putting.

  • Wesley
    2019-02-14 23:23

    From page 167I am not of this earth,Nor born of mortal mother, But fortune with her turning, turning wheel, Hath brought me hither.A Gypsy saying.

  • Chris Burland
    2019-02-09 21:21

    No Bad. It's an early Nevil Shute and even he in his preface of this 1960s reprint downplays this novel. For Shute fans only

  • Margareth8537
    2019-01-25 19:25

    Someone else described this as for Shute fans only, and that is probably the case. I found it on my Dad's shelves back in the 70s and quite enjoyed it

  • Reader2007
    2019-02-10 21:43

    One of Nevil's first books. Well written. Is incredibly detailed (maybe too much). Overall, fairly good.

  • Kenneth
    2019-01-20 16:45

    I registered a book at!

  • Clare Smith
    2019-02-03 21:41

    A good yarn of it's kind. Very confronting to read the racial slurs that we took for granted thirty years ago

  • Corinne Rodrigues
    2019-02-13 19:47

    Not quite his best - but considering it was his first book, it's good. Shute always manage to capture you with his great narrative.

  • Claude
    2019-01-20 21:48

    Not bad, not stunning though.